Monday, July 11, 2016

Running has Healing Power - How to Attain?

After embraced running for years, I have become a strong proponent of this sport for obvious reasons – health and fitness. Recently I completed 2000 miles of running and during this journey, I have read countless article on running, blogs from elite runners, inspiring stories and how it transformed their life in a positive way. However, my personal favorite one is always the healing power of running regardless of age, region, religion, culture, race and gender. It works almost for all in the same way. Even for avid runners, there is a natural tendency of give up on running because of personal reasons. During the tough times when you stopped lacing up, you're missing out on one of the greatest benefits of running—its healing power. I learned it my way but nonetheless it worked and worked very well. Here's how to get back on track and run through the pain, not away from it.

Envision Success
Running may mean time alone with your thoughts, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Use positive visualization to tackle your angst head-on. While running, actively imagine a finish line (screaming spectators and all!) waiting for you. Think of a word to that finish line ribbon, like "stronger" or "resilient," and break through it each time in a full sprint.

Listening to Music
Running is a full five senses experience, and what you listen to during your bout of despondency is especially important. Make an emotionally intentional playlist by asking yourself what you need that day to heal your sadness much faster - Kishore Kumar or even Arijit Singh tunes. And you would notice the vigor and liveliness enthralling your body and brain after running couple of miles. 

Join a Run Community

It may feel good to isolate yourself during tense times, but connecting with others will actually help you bounce back more quickly. Sharing the universal experiences of disenchantment cuts down on the time you spend grieving them, according to grief expert George Bonanno in his book, "The Other Side of Sadness." Feel free to make your recovery a team effort with group of positive people.

Thwart Illness

Research has consistently shown the benefits of an active lifestyle, including a study that tied exercise to boosted immunity and illness prevention. Getting sick during your bad time would be the nail in the coffin and surely guide you to the nadir of depression. Make running the first step to take back your health and get ready to see a domino effect. After plugging in a few miles, you'll likely eat and sleep better.

Take Control

Loss usually come with no warning. Our powerlessness to control it can easily lead to feeling like a victim. Instead, rise to the challenge and take on something you can control: your response. It may seem small, but making the choice to lace your shoes and run will increase your self-confidence and make you feeling empowered.